North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1311: April 24, 2013
eNews is a weekly electronic newsletter sent to all GP practices (with email addresses) within the NEV catchment. The aim is to provide up to date information relevant to GPs and to disseminate the latest activities and resources from the division. All feedback and enquiries welcome and should be addressed to Patty Marshall. You can also visit our website at:
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In this issue:

Aboriginal Health                                Northern Health Introduces an Aboriginal Health Obstetric Model of Care

Australian Doctor Articles                  Call in the Experts

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Immunisation resources 

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Local GP in Boston Marathon, NMML News, New contact details for Sub Acute Inpatient Admissions for Northern Health, GP Network News

Men’s Health                                        Updates in prostate cancer management, International Men's Health Week 10-16 June

News for Practice Staff                       APNA newsletter, Infection Control Update

Paediatrics                                           Identification and management of whooping cough

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


Aboriginal Health

Northern Health Introduces an Aboriginal Health Obstetric Model of Care

Northern Health is proud to announce the introduction of an obstetric model of care designed specifically for our aboriginal population. The clinic, which is staffed by a highly qualified midwife and newly appointed Aboriginal Health Care Worker, is supported by a multidisciplinary team including medical staff and social workers, who will oversee the care of these women throughout pregnancy. Childbirth Education classes and domiciliary care will also be provided. (input from this team can also be arranged for those women requiring additional monitoring within a more traditional medical model) 

Please identify suitable women for this exciting program and forward referral to Northern Health, indicating clearly upon the referral that the Aboriginal Maternity Care Program is required. All women who identify as aboriginal or who have aboriginal partners, are most welcome to attend.  Michelle Morrow Acute Women’s and Children’s Services 8405 8023.


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Australian Doctor Articles

Call in the Experts

On June 4, 2010 Australian Doctor published an article by Heather Ferguson entitled “Call in the Experts” in which she argues that general practice computer systems are now far too complex for GPs to manage effectively. In the article Heather asks the opinions of a number of “experts”.

"Our advice is use an outside IT company. You are GPs, work at being GPs," says Noel Stewart, Australian Doctor computer columnist and IT manager at the North East Valley Division of General Practice in Melbourne.

"A lot of practice managers can do day-to-day stuff, such as back-up … but to set up [a computer system] we advise an outside IT company."

But is using an IT service company beyond the reach of solo and small practices?

Not according to Dr Peter Del Fante, an Adelaide GP and CEO of the Adelaide West Division of General Practice. His practice is paperless and when his system went down for an entire morning session he called in an IT expert used by several practices in the area. He estimates it would have taken a lot longer -- and cost more -- to solve the issue himself. “These days it makes good sense to use a specialist IT expert.”

And Mr Arty Richetti of Cititec systems agrees: “IT support should be seen as an integral part of running a successful medical practice”, he says. “Ongoing budgets need to be put in place to reflect this need and practices should see technology as an investment as opposed to an expense”. Mr Richetti says.

For the full article including the bad experiences of a Sydney GP, click for pdf version or web version


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Continuing Professional Development

CPR training

The Benchmarque Group with support from NEVDGP have organised to run 2 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation evenings on Wednesday 8th May and Tuesday 18th June 6.30-8.30pm (dinner and registration from 6pm) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe Uni. Cost: $55 – full payment is required on Registration. Please return this registration form by mail (with cheque), fax (9496 4349) or scan & email ( and pay on the night by cash or cheque. Credit card facilities are NOT available. Postal address is North East Valley Division of General Practice, C/- Repatriation Hospital, Locked Bag 1, Heidelberg West, VIC 3081


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Immunisation resources 

Posters for waiting areas - One way of slowing down the spread of Influenza is to promote good hand hygiene and coughing and sneezing technique to the community.
Promoting influenza vaccination especially to at-risk groups is also highly recommended.
More information is also available here via the Department of Health website. For further details, please contact Kate Russo via or on 9341 5265.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Sortable column headings

The Holding File, Results screen and the Documents screen all contain similar column headings that can be sorted (ordered) either alphabetically or chronologically, depending on the column type. Most likely you would want to sort your results by Date Collected. Click once on the Date Collected column heading and this places a tiny slash (/) to the right of the column heading. Clicking on the column heading once again places a \ in the column heading.

            / - denotes a sort in chronological or alphabetical order

            \ - denotes a sort in reverse chronological or alphabetical order

If your results disappear or are not in the order you want cast an eagle eye over the column headings to locate the / or \ to show you which column is being sorted.


This week’s IM problem - Following up “No Action” pathology results

Question: Should I follow up the results that have a “No Action” notation?

Answer: It is probably unnecessary to print the No action lists. The policy of the practice would be that a result is marked as No Action where there is no clinical or legal necessity to actively follow up a result.

The doctor will, however, mark the result as “Notified” when the patient does present for a consultation. That way all clinicians know that the result has been discussed with the patient.

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Items of Interest

Local GP in Boston Marathon

Howard Goldenberg (who has been a well-known GP in Diamond Creek for decades) was running in the Boston Marathon last week and wrote this extremely moving article for 6Minutes Newsletter immediately after the bombing -  'Two acts of evil and 1000s of acts of good' (page 2)
His first article: ‘Bostonians reach out and turn their goodness on me’, was published in The Age the next day.



1. Poor attendance at NMML meeting

An email from the NMML was sent on April 15 inviting GPs and PNs to attend an evening meeting at La Trobe University on the next day (April 16). The invitation stated:

”Through our annual Needs Assessment project, the NMML is holding a forum for GPs and Practice Nurses tomorrow night, 16 April 2013 between 6.00 – 7.30pm at La Trobe University.

I am seeking your involvement in understanding the health priorities for the northern Melbourne region. By receiving input from you, we will be better placed in setting the region’s priorities and in turn exploring ways to address them.

The forum is being conducted by Apex Consulting. Myself and a team from the NMML will also be present. I encourage your involvement and greatly appreciate the knowledge and expertise you bring to this work”.

We understand that the NMML CEO did not attend the meeting and her “team” of 4 met with No doctors, No nurses and 3 Practice Managers who weren’t invited in their own right anyway, but in our view are crucial to helping identify health priorities within the region.


2. ePIP requirement number five – due 1 May 2013 (from NMML E-News Friday April 19, 2013)

A reminder that General Practices needs to register their organisation with the eHealth record in order to meet the ePIP requirement No. 5 by 1 May 2013. General Practices can now submit their participation agreement and PCEHR application online through HPOS. If your practice has access to the HI functions in HPOS (using your PKI) the RO/OMO will be able to complete these forms online at Should you require further assistance, please contact your LGA representative on 9490 2700.

(Ed. Note: we can’t help you with the names of the LGA reps)


New contact details for Sub Acute Inpatient Admissions for Northern Health

Disregard previous notice as there was an error with one of the numbers.

Northern Health Sub Acute Admissions: Phone: 8405 2806, 8405 2807. Fax: 8405 2805.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Urgent advice re IMS Health Australia Limited; Medical training hit by education expense reforms; COAG must make ‘Closing the Gap’ a national priority; AMA President addresses Medical Board; AMA calls for the cap on the MHNIP to be lifted; Contribute to point of care testing best practice guidelines; AMA response to Coalition’s Deregulation Reform Discussion Paper; Private health insurance changes – what it means for medical practitioners; Indigenous medical students encouraged to apply for AMA scholarship; Second term for Dr Haikerwal AO; 10th Edition Immunisation Handbook now available;


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Men’s Health

Updates in prostate cancer management
ThinkGP presents a new video interview on prostate cancer. Professor Mark Frydenberg from the department of Surgery, Monash University, discusses current evidence in the management of prostate cancer and some landmark findings from the 10th International Congress of Andrology held in Melbourne February 2013.

International Men's Health Week 10-16 June

Andrology Australia can support your practice to promote men's health with their new campaign, 'A Healthy Body Begins Here', which highlights the links between reproductive health and general health. Andrology Australia has a range of posters and resources available at no charge to support the hundreds of communities across the country that show their support for men's health every year. Order your resources on the Andrology Australia website or call 1300 303 878.


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News for Practice Staff

APNA newsletter

The latest APNA newsletter is here.


Infection Control Update

Wednesday June 12 from 7-9 pm (dinner and Registration from 6.30pm) at John Scott Meeting House, Latrobe Uni, Bundoora. Presenter: Ms Margaret Jennings – Microbiologist and Infection Control educator. See flyer for more information


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Identification and management of whooping cough

ThinkGP, together with NSW Health and GPNSW, presents education on the identification and management of whooping cough in general practice. This education will assist practitioners to identify the disease, protect their patients and prevent the spread of whooping cough.


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Positions vacant/wanted

Please note: only new ads or resubmitted ads will be posted here. All other ads can be found on the website


Positions vacant


Doutta Galla Community Health Service, Kensington - Short term positions for GPs

As a few GPs are going on leave in the coming weeks, Doutta Galla Community Health Service welcomes enquiries from interested GPs for the period 9th May - 20th May. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9-1:00 pm. Contact Janina De Silva Tel:  03 8378 1647 Fax 03 9372 1558 Mobile  0409 436 930


Thornbury - VR GP Required full time or part time for our busy, accredited, computerised & long established practice. We have a friendly & professional working environment with dedicated staff & excellent nurse support. For enquiries, please contact Dr Danny Lipson or Rose - Practice Manager on 9484 2007.


Practice Staff

Ivanhoe Medical Clinic - part time position available for a Registered Nurse Division 1/Community Care Nurse to co-ordinate and manage our Veterans Care and Home Health Assessments programs. Experience in this area would be an asset but not essential. Both programs are well established and have been in place for some time. 

For more info call Practice Manager on 9499 1245 or email –


Positions wanted

RN Div 1 Consultant available - specifically available for Chronic Disease Management ie: Care Plans, Aged Care Facility ie: Comprehensive Health Assessments, General Health Assessments and Accreditation.
Contact Silvana on: 0403 994 299


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Taxi drivers

A woman and her ten-year-old son were riding in a taxi.

It was raining and all the prostitutes were standing under the awnings.

"Mum," said the boy, "What are all those women doing?"

"They're waiting for their husbands to get off work", she replied.

The taxi driver turns round and says, "Geez lady, why don't you tell him the truth? They're hookers, boy! They have sex with men for money."

The little boy's eyes got wide and he said, "Is that true, Mum?"

His mother, glaring hard at the taxi driver, answers in the affirmative.

After a few minutes, the kid asked, "Mum, what happens to their babies?"

"Most of them become taxi drivers", she said.


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And remember


            I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.